Under the new partnership each institution will retain its respective board
of directors, and continue to operate separately, but will affiliate under
a new parent organization with a new board of directors called Cedars-Sinai
Health System. Each organization will continue to have its own hospital
medical staff and related physician organizations, and its own employees.
Additionally, the president and CEO of each organization (Craig Leach
at Torrance Memorial and Thomas M. Priselac at Cedars-Sinai) will continue
to lead their respective entity, with Priselac to also serve as president
and CEO of the parent entity.
The goal of this new affiliation is to bring the resources and expertise
of Cedars-Sinai’s clinical specialties and programs to the South
Bay. From oncology, to neuroscience, to advanced medical research and
clinical trials, this partnership will expand the community’s access
to the best in medical care.
The new affiliation creates an important alliance between two first-rate
Torrance Memorial includes the 470-bed Torrance Memorial Medical Center
in addition to a multispecialty physician group (Torrance Memorial Physician
Network), an independent physician association (Torrance Memorial IPA) and
an accountable care organization (Torrance Memorial Integrated Physicians),
which collectively include more than 500 physicians. Torrance Memorial
also has several outpatient centers located throughout the South Bay region.
Cedars-Sinai includes the 886-bed Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the 145-bed
Marina Del Rey Hospital, a multispecialty physician network of 887 doctors
(Cedars-Sinai Medical Network) and many primary care, urgent care and
specialty care centers throughout the Los Angeles region. It is also a
major research and education center, with more than 1,500 current research
projects and 480 clinical trials, and trains 473 medical residents and fellows.
Cedars-Sinai specialists will work collaboratively with Torrance Memorial
physicians to deliver the highest standard of care to the South Bay community.
Patients will continue to receive personalized attention and services
from their Torrance Memorial doctors, while additionally benefiting from
the expertise and experience available through the Cedars-Sinai affiliation.
Already, in recent months, Cedars-Sinai specialists in stroke treatment
and congestive heart failure have begun collaborating with Torrance Memorial
physicians to care for patients. And additional plans are underway for
Cedars-Sinai specialists in cancer, neuroscience, heart disease and many
other areas to provide expertise for patients in the South Bay.
Additionally, in certain specialties, Cedars-Sinai physicians will partner
with Torrance Memorial physician leaders to help patients access the clinical
trials, the latest developments in medical research, new treatments and
Both organizations will continue their longstanding partnerships with local
community organizations aimed at improving health.
“In seeking an affiliation, we wanted to find a partner that had
a good understanding of and respect for our history, our mission and the
communities we serve,” says Craig Leach, Torrance Memorial’s
president and CEO. “Working with Cedars-Sinai over the years, we
have been impressed not only with their quality and commitment, but with
their ability to work constructively with a wide variety of stakeholders,
to listen carefully, and to develop programs that effectively serve the
Priselac, Cedars-Sinai’s president and CEO, emphasizes the importance
of developing collaborative efforts in the proposed affiliation. “While
both Torrance Memorial and Cedars-Sinai have strong track records for
serving the region, the governance structure of the proposed affiliation
is designed to foster collaboration and share resources to further enhance
those capabilities to benefit patients and the community,” Priselac says.
As the partnership continues to grow, both institutions fully expect the
benefits and opportunities for patients to expand. Beginning a future
where the expertise of Cedars-Sinai physicians, combined with access to
their medical research programs, will greatly enrich the care that Torrance
Memorial physicians and staff provide to patients, their families and
the entire South Bay community.
CEDARS-SINAI: TRANSFORMING HEALTHCARE FOR A DIVERSE COMMUNITY
Founded in 1902, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of Los Angeles is one of the
largest non-profit academic medical centers in the United States, with
886 licensed beds, 2,100 physicians, 2,800 nurses and thousands of other
health care professionals and staff. Clinical programs range from primary
care for preventing, diagnosing and treating common conditions to specialized
treatments for rare, complex and advanced illnesses. In addition, Cedars-Sinai
serves the community through its Medical Network, which includes the highly
rated Cedars-Sinai Medical Group and Cedars-Sinai Health Associates.
Cedars-Sinai has evolved to meet the health care needs of one of the most
diverse regions in the nation, continually setting new standards in quality
and innovation in patient care, research, teaching and community service.
It is widely known for its national leadership in transforming health
care for the benefit of patients.
Consistently named as one of America’s Best Hospitals by
U.S. News & World Report, the hospital has received the National Research Corporation’s Consumer
Choice Award 18 years in a row, for providing the highest quality medical
care in Los Angeles, and has the longest running Magnet® designation
for nursing excellence in California.
Cedars-Sinai is a leader in the clinical care and research of heart disease,
cancer and brain disorders, among other areas. Pioneering research achievements
include using cardiac stem cells to repair damaged hearts, developing
minimally invasive surgical techniques and discovering new types of drugs
to target cancer more precisely.
Cedars-Sinai also impacts the future of health care through education programs
that encompass everything from highly competitive medical residency and
fellowship programs to a biomedical science and translational medicine
Ph.D. program, as well as advanced training for nurses and educational
opportunities for allied health professionals. Most notably, Cedars-Sinai
demonstrates a longstanding commitment to strengthening the Los Angeles
community through wide-ranging programs that improve the health of its
most vulnerable residents.
TORRANCE MEMORIAL: A SOUTH BAY JEWEL
When it first opened its doors in 1925, the Jared Sidney Torrance Memorial
Hospital was a 32-bed, Spanish-style structure with rosy tiled rooftops,
situated on Engracia Avenue. Its founder was Jared Torrance, a real estate
developer who also established the city of Torrance. He died before the
hospital’s opening in May of 1925. Instead, the ceremony was presided
over by his widow, Helena Childs Torrance. She remained a tireless supporter
and major benefactor for the rest of her life and was largely responsible
for sustaining the hospital during its first decade.
Today, more than 90 years later, the nonprofit Torrance Memorial Medical
Center is based at 3330 Lomita Avenue and has grown to 470 beds with the
opening of the 390,000-square-foot Lundquist Tower in 2014. Notable expertise
includes that of the Hunt Cancer Institute and the Vasek and Anna Maria
Polak Breast Diagnostic Center—leaders in Southern California cancer
prevention, detection and treatment. Also, never an organization to stop
progressing, Torrance Memorial is currently renovating its North Patient
Tower, where it will be dedicated to serving famIlies. Last year, a newly
expanded Mother Baby unit opened in the Tower.
From the very start, Torrance Memorial set its mission to support its community
by offering the most current and effective medical technologies, rendered
in a compassionate, caring manner. Fully recognized by its community as
the South Bay’s finest, Torrance Memorial also has been awarded
throughout the decades, including a four-star rating for excellent patient
experience, the Magnet® Recognition for Excellence in Nursing and
numerous best-hospital lists, most recently ranking as one of the 25 best
hospitals in California and the Los Angeles metro area by
U.S. News & World Report. Its stroke program has received the American Heart Association/American
Stroke Associa- tion’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold
Plus Quality Achievement Award, which recognizes the hospital’s
commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive swift, appropriate
treatment based on the latest scientific evidence.
The new affiliation with Cedars-Sinai will allow Torrance Memorial to continue
its growth and service to the beautiful South Bay community.
For more information, visit torrancememorial.org/Cedars-Sinai.